The medals of the Olympic games of Tokyo 2020 will be manufactured with parts of old smartphones

One of the biggest surprises announced in the last days was the use of proposed junk on Medal Olympic Manufacturing.



As the Summer Olympic Games of 2016 were recently completed, the world is moving forward to the 2020 Olympic Games, that will take place in Tokyo, Japan, and are expected to be the “Technology Games”.

“For all the Japanese participants in the Tokyo Olympic Games, we are asking companies to propose a new way of collecting and I would like to work with the Olympic Committee to carry out the proposal,” said Yuko Sakita (in the Asian Review), NGO representative of Genki Net, for the creation of a Sustainable Society in an event with the government in June this year.

This proposal, as well as being environmentally sustainable, aims at compensating for the lack of natural resources in Japan, otherwise it would be forced to import gold and silver to manufacture the Olympic medals.

In Rio de Janeiro, for example, more than 30% of the silver and bronze used by the Mint (Government Body responsible for manufacturing coins) was recycled. The gold is completely free of mercury, to take into account the organic concerns and the environment. The tapes of the medals are made with yarns of almost 50% recycled PET bottles.

According to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei Asian Review, event organizers, government officials and executives talk about the plan since June. It includes a more active policy of recycling e-waste.

Japan produces about 650,000 tons of such waste and only 100 tons are currently collected. Of that amount, only part of it is reused for the production of new phones.

Electronic waste is a major global concern, as more products are made, but also discarded in much greater numbers.

Technological developments and the emergence of new technologies end up generating less use of products, and as a result, the so-called e-waste.

Up to 90% of electronic waste in the world, valued at 19 billion dollars (17 billion euros), is sold illegally or thrown in the trash each year, according to a report released by the United Nations Program for Environment (UNEP).

The electronics industry, one of the largest and fastest growing in the world, generates each year up to 41 million tons of electronic waste goods such as computers and cell phones.

According to estimates, this figure could reach 50 million tons already in 2017.

And it is on that idea that the Government of Japan has already started working with World Organizations and Local ones, aiming at the implementation of technologies that allow the reuse of products.

Japan, will certainly make the biggest Olympic Games in history in terms of technology, but needs to preserve and observe new trends and global needs, such as respect for the environment and sustainability.


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